Tablas Creek founder dies

20th March, 2018 by Rupert Millar

Robert Haas, the co-founder of Tablas Creek in Paso Robles and champion of both Rhône wines and Rhône varieties in the US, has died aged 90.

The news was announced by the winery late yesterday evening, that Haas had died peacefully at home.

Haas was an important figure in the American wine industry, starting out as a buyer for his family’s retailer, M. Lehman, in the 1950s.

Focused on France he built up a fearsome reputation as a taster but also for forming friendships with some of the leading producers in Bordeaux, Burgundy, the Loire, Alsace and Rhône Valley.

It was only after setting up his own importer, Vineyard Brands, in the 1960s that he met the Perrin family and became their exclusive importer in the US.

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One Response to “Tablas Creek founder dies”

  1. Bob Lindquist says:

    We’ve lost a legendary figure in this business. Bob was a true gentleman, connoisseur, visionary and tireless promoter of fine wine. He was also a colleague and a friend, he’ll be missed!

    – Bob Lindquist

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